Renown Class (1895) BB
was completed as a class of one, and was considered a second-class
battleship even although she displaced 2,000 tons more than Centurion
Although her main armament was light her secondary guns were very strong.
She was the first battleship to have all-steel armour, and also the first to have an angled armoured deck. This 2in (5.1cm) deck ran the width of the ship at the waterline and was angled down to meet the armoured belt.
She was a fast ship for her day.
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